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Best NAS for use with Roku

Postby x58890 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:47 pm

I am not technically savvy.

Therefore, I am looking for a 1 or 2 TB NAS that is the easiest to setup for use with my Roku XDS. Presumably, I would be using the Roksbox channel, but I am all ears if there is a more convenient channel available.
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Re: Best NAS for use with Roku

Postby pjoshua5000 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:24 am

I looking for one too.

One that allows http streaming. (and for large videos to. So I can stream 4 GB plus files)

allow multiply connections so that more than one Roku can stream from it at a time. (or the save show)

A fast read speed so that Videos can be stream at fast rates and a the web sever being able to serve the video at a high speed. (I can't seem to get more than 500k to be stream from my computer using Mongoose)

thanks
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Re: Best NAS for use with Roku

Postby Arwen » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:04 pm

There are so many NAS devices that can work with the Roku Streaming Player
it's a bit tricky to recommend a few, (or just one).

Other variables can bite people when attempting to use a NAS for streaming;
  • Wired or wireless networking, (wireless is more prone to noise than wired)
  • Speed of the network, (though reliability is more important than speed)
  • Network topology, (how many switches or routers between NAS and Roku)
  • Disk interfaces used in the NAS, (SATA is better than IDE, or shudder USB)
  • Specific disk models used in the NAS, (some are designed for speed, others not)
  • Software or hardware RAID engine, (if using RAID at all)
  • Software used to serve up the data, (HTTP server)
  • Immature NAS software may have bugs people would blame on the Roku
As someone who has worked in computer field for decades, I've run across so many
variables that it would be hard to recommend an easy to use, cheap and physically
small NAS without knowing alot more.

In general, you will want something like this for a performance NAS, (meaning
video streaming not just photos or music);
  • Uses good performance networking speeds, (>=100Mbps wired, >=802.11g wireless)
  • Uses SATA disk interfaces, (perferably 3Gbps SATA II)
  • Uses 7200 RPM disks, (or better; Or can be bought diskless so you may choose.)
  • Has disk spin down when idle
  • Has wake on LAN, (so it can be set to sleep, but wake when needed)
  • HTTP server has directory search feature, and supports files >4GB
My NAS is rack mounted with 4, 3.5" SATA I disk slots. It has Gigabit Ethernet, built
in HW RAID engine and 3 USB ports for backups or moving data around. Their are
many data servers, HTTP, FTP, RSYNC, CIFS, NFS, and even a few streaming media
services, (which I don't actually use). Here is a link to the Vender's current home models;

http://www.netgear.com/home/products/storage/work-and-play/default.aspx

Note that Netgear has many other ReadyNAS products, including other higher performance
home type units. It all comes down to cost verses benefits, (speed, RAID, storage, etc...).
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Re: Best NAS for use with Roku

Postby kevinnoll » Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:50 am

I'll go out on a limb and make a recommendation on a product I use. http://www.synology.com/us/products/DS209/index.php

You will have to purchase the drives separately and install them yourself.
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Re: Best NAS for use with Roku

Postby Arwen » Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:45 pm

kevinnoll wrote:I'll go out on a limb and make a recommendation on a product I use. http://www.synology.com/us/products/DS209/index.php

You will have to purchase the drives separately and install them yourself.


This looks pretty good. It really is feature rich. The company also seems to
have a good selection of NAS with different features, (like more disk slots).

NAS in my opinion need to be considered when a person has 2 or more computers
on a home network. This eliminates the need to swap a USB drive between them.
Plus, it's an easier way to share things to the Roku, (when using a private channel).
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